ERIC Number: ED435684
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Nov
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Teaching and Learning: Highlighting the Parallels between Education and Participatory Evaluation.
Vanden Berk, Eric J.; Cassata, Jennifer Coyne; Moye, Melinda J.; Yarbrough, Donald B.; Siddens, Stephanie K.
As an evaluation team trained in educational psychology and committed to participatory evaluation and its evolution, the researchers have found the parallel between evaluator-stakeholder roles in the participatory evaluation process and educator-student roles in educational psychology theory to be important. One advantage then is that the theories and processes of teaching and learning, inherent in participatory evaluation, are present in the training and everyday activities of the educator. However, the literature on participatory evaluation has neglected to take full advantage of this parallel (particularly when educators are the primary stakeholders). As evaluators working with educators, these researchers see it as part of their responsibility to ensure that this parallel is highlighted and understood. By critically examining the theories and practices of participatory evaluation and constructivism, they attempt to demonstrate how these parallels can lead to increased understanding and utilization. In addition, examples are taken from actual evaluations to discuss methods and provide recommendations for taking advantage of these parallels to improve the theory and practice of participatory evaluation in general. (Contains 1 table and 23 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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